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Poison City

Poison City

Poison City (by Paul Crilley) reads a bit like Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch and a twinge like Charles Stross’s books about The Laundry. Probably more former than latter. And, perhaps, with a dose of Hellboy and Night Watch thrown in for good measure. Gods, monsters, vampires, spirits, angels, demons, fae, and worlds outside our own, mixed up with folklore and mythology from across the world. Set against a South African backdrop, I’ve really enjoyed the first 200-pages…

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Book Pile: August 2016

Book Pile: August 2016

This past weekend provided some solid gains in the roleplaying department – and explain why I never post much in the thread about resisting purchases. I got a dinged copy of 13th Age from Games Lore because I have heard so many positive things and had two good games. I couldn’t not buy it for £20 including postage. It almost seemed rude. I have played this twice with Guy Milner – who runs a great game with fantastic bursts of…

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H is for History

H is for History

History has become the backbone of my life. Well, maybe one of the big bones in my arm. It’s significant. I enjoy history like I enjoy a good book. I enjoy history books more than any other book for that matter. Mind, I’m not necessarily talking about all history. Some of the recent stuff I find of interest, but I would spend a lot of time studying it. In truth, there’s so much history that if you spent more than…

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C is for Cthulhu

C is for Cthulhu

While HP Lovecraft created Cthulhu as one character of many, he has become a real focus. It seems that you can’t go to any geek event without finding something emblazoned with the green watery horror. Every game seems to have a Cthulhu variation. Every t-shirt, soft toy, and bobble-headed plastic figure range has, at least, one version with his Green Scariness emerging from R’lyeh. If you want to guarantee a small upturn in sales, put out something Cthulhu. For many…

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B is for Books

B is for Books

That (below) is a picture of a sliver of one bookshelf. I think my bookshelves both excite and frighten me in equal measure. You might care to throw some curiosity into the recipe and a dash of love. I do love books. No doubt about it. People take holidays, I buy books. I would much rather get lost in the pages of a book than lounge on a beach somewhere. I could probably manage to sit in some room with…

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Random Acts of Reading

Random Acts of Reading

My approach to reading bothers me. I’m not certain whether it amounts to a lack of focus, a sense of boredom (upon a single topic) or the over-excited edge of wanting to read everything and now. I can’t simply read one book. I apparently have to read ten at the same time. And that’s just the ten I happen to have recorded in GoodReads.com at this moment in time. I might not actually be reading precisely those ten books. It…

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The Challenge of Reading

The Challenge of Reading

Setting myself a reading challenge has a varied effect, it would seem, depending on the year! I’m not sure what that means about how I spend my time or how events impact my opportunities and drive to read. Right now, I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped for 2015. GoodReads has a feature where you can set yourself a challenge for the year. Tied into Amazon, GoodReads has a reason for you to want to read more – so,…

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